The Challenge

40% below the Federal Poverty Level
Although our neighborhood is just west of the new Atlanta Falcons Stadium, it’s one of the poorest and most crime-ridden areas in the nation. With almost 40% of the residents living below the Federal Poverty Level, the 30314 neighborhood includes Vine City, English Avenue, and Washington Park.
60% of all murders that occur in the Atlanta area occur in this neighborhood.
This zip code accounts for a staggering 60% of all murders in Atlanta, which is why the FBI considers the “1300” block of 30314 as the 5th most violent block in the entire United States.
Only 50% of the students in this neighborhood actually graduate high school. Unfortunately, many of those who do graduate are unprepared for college.
Currently, 73% of kids in the neighborhood live in a single parent household
Without a solid educational foundation, these kids are significantly more likely to remain in poverty throughout their lifetime and continue in the vicious cycle. According to the Urban Institute, 49% of children who are poor at birth go on to spend at least half their childhoods living in poverty.
Poverty is the single greatest threat to positive life outcomes, such as consistent employment, safe and stable housing, good physical and mental health, healthy relationships, and freedom.
Some of the most common barriers faced by children and families in this neighborhood:
  • Lack of quality education and healthcare options
  • Insufficient local employment opportunities
  • Unstable households
  • Lack of appropriate behavior models
  • Limited exposure to healthy lifestyles
  • Lack of employable skills and unemployable behaviors
  • Inadequate financial management skills
  • And many more
We are here today to change that!
Your continued support helps create the pathway out of poverty for families and the community.